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Notice of Staff Workshops on Draft
Energy Aware Facility Planning and Siting Guide

Please note. The Staff Workshop on Draft Energy Aware Facility Planning and Siting Guide on March 9th and March 11th have been postponed to a later date.

We anticipate the rescheduling of the two workshops, one in Sacramento and the other in Southern California, to be sometime in late April and/or early May 2010. The initial draft document is now scheduled to be available by April 11th, online at

The California Energy Commission staff will conduct two workshops to present, discuss, and to solicit input on the Initial Draft Energy Aware Facility Planning and Siting Guide from the public and stakeholders. The initial draft will be available on March 4, 2010, online at The workshops will be held:

10 a.m.
1516 Ninth Street
First Floor, Hearing Room A
Sacramento, California
(Wheelchair Accessible)


10 a.m.
21865 COPLEY Drive
Diamond Bar, California
(Wheelchair Accessible)

Remote Attendance

Web Conferencing - Presentations and audio from the meeting will be broadcast via our WebEx web conferencing system. For details on how to participate via WebEx, please see the Participation through WebEx section at the end of this notice.


The Energy Aware Facility Planning and Siting Guide is intended to help local governments plan for and permit electricity generation facilities and transmission lines that will be needed in the upcoming years. It provides a framework to inform planners, decision makers and the public about what, how, and why electricity infrastructure may be developed. Workshop participants will have the opportunity to discuss key elements of the draft guide with staff and its consultants.


The Energy Commission has identified a critical need to update the report, Energy Aware Planning Guide - Energy Facilities, published in and unchanged since 1996. Action items from the 2008 Integrated Energy Policy Report (IEPR) Update directed Commission Staff to reactivate the local agency siting and permit assistance program.

Specifically, the IEPR directed staff to:

  1. Assist local governments with developing general plan transmission and energy elements.
  2. Provide guidance on generation and transmission planning and permitting.
  3. Facilitate the planning and permitting of generation and transmission projects.

These efforts are to be coordinated with the existing Transmission Corridor Designation Program to help facilitate development of renewable energy-related transmission corridors and should incorporate results of the Renewable Energy Transmission Initiative (RETI) and California's renewable and greenhouse gas reduction strategy, goals and requirements.


Written or electronic comments on the workshop topics must be submitted by 1 p.m. on March 25, 2010. Please include Draft 2010 Energy Aware Facility Planning and Siting Guide in the subject line or first paragraph of your comments. The Energy Commission encourages comments by e-mail. Please include your name or organization's in the name of the file. Those submitting comments by electronic mail should provide them in either Microsoft Word format or as a Portable Document (PDF). Please deliver, mail, or e-mail comments to:

Dave Michel
California Energy Commission
1516 Ninth Street, MS-23
Sacramento, CA 95814-5512

Public Participation

The Energy Commission's Public Adviser's Office provides the public assistance in participating in Energy Commission activities. If you want information on how to participate in this forum, please contact the Public Adviser's Office at (916) 654-4489 or toll free at (800) 822-6228, by FAX at (916) 654-4493, or by e-mail at If you have a disability and require assistance to participate, please contact Lou Quiroz at (916) 654-5146 at least five days in advance.

Please direct all news media inquiries to the Media and Public Communications Office at (916) 654-4989, or by e-mail at For technical questions on the subject matter, please contact Bill Pfanner at (916) 654-4206, or by e-mail at; or Dave Michel at (916) 651-3747, or by e-mail at

Participation through WebEx, the Energy Commission's on-line meeting service

Computer Logon with a Direct Phone Number:

  • Please go to and enter the unique meeting number: 929 918 149
  • When prompted, enter your information and the following meeting password: Meeting@The1
  • After you login, a prompt will appear on-screen for you to provide your phone number. In the Number box, type your area code and phone number and click OK to receive a call back on your phone for the audio of the meeting. International callers can use the "Country/Region" button to help make their connection.

Computer Logon for Callers with an Extension Phone Number, etc.:

  • Please go to and enter the unique meeting number: 929 918 149
  • When prompted, enter your information and the following meeting password: Meeting@The1
  • After you login, a prompt will ask for your phone number. CLICK CANCEL.
  • Instead call 1-866-469-3239 (toll-free in the U.S. and Canada). When prompted, enter the meeting number above and your unique Attendee ID number which is listed in the top left area of your screen after you login. International callers can dial in using the "Show all global call-in numbers" link (also in the top left area).

Telephone Only (No Computer Access):

Call 1-866-469-3239 (toll-free in the U.S. and Canada) and when prompted enter the unique meeting number above. International callers can select their number from

If you have difficulty joining the meeting, please call the WebEx Technical Support number at 1-866-229-3239. Please be aware that the meeting's WebEx audio and on-screen activity may be recorded.

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Note: California Energy Commission's formal name is State Energy Resources Conservation and Development Commission.